The Mission of the Rye Town Sustainability Committee is to advocate for a more sustainable future through public participation and inter-municipal collaboration. The committee will educate Rye Town residents and develop policies that will assist community members to adopt more sustainable practices. This will reduce the Town of Rye's carbon foot print and protect its natural beauty. Like us on Facebook!
Anthony Baxter, Chairman of the Sustainability Committee
The Town will follow through with the Mission through the following Commitments:
Governor Cuomo's Reforming NYS's Energy Vision
The Town of Rye is a Climate Smart Community!
The Sustainability Committee has undertaken a number of commitments to make our community more green and healthy for residents:
•CSC: Pledged to become a certified Climate Smart Community
•CCS: Developing a Community Climate Action plan
•Energy audits: Conducted energy audits of local government buildings
•LED Lights: Upgrading street lamps on Town properties to LED lighting
•Reusable bottle-filling fountains: To be installed at Crawford Park in the Spring of 2018
•Recycling Bins: Placed recycling and trash bins at Rye Town park and Crawford Park in pairs to encourage proper recycling practices.
•Purchasing Policy: Revising purchasing policies to integrate a variety of social good initiatives: green purchasing; “piggybacking” to limit expensive procurement practices; MWBE utilization; Section 3 (which promotes the use of disadvantaged residents in projects funded by Community Development Block Grant monies; and local purchasing.
•Education: Providing resources to residents via the Town of Rye website and social media to encourage environmentally-responsible behaviors. Please visit our Facebook Page
Curbside Recycling Rules
Villages in the Town of Rye have “dual-stream recycling.” This means paper waste (paper, magazines, newspapers, boxes, etc.) must be placed separate from commingled waste (hard plastic containers, metal cans and foil, glass, and cartons).
Click here to view and download recycling guides in English and Spanish:
Plastic dos and don’ts -- > Westchester County
How Do I Recycle…?
Disposing of some items is tricky. Batteries, printer cartridges, plastic bags, CFL light bulbs, etc., can all be recycled or disposed of safely when you know ho!
Refer to these resources for answers to all your recycling questions:
What about Ewaste and other Hazardous Waste?
Many types of waste cannot be recycled curbside, and it is also illegal to put them in the trash. These hazardous wastes include electronics (TVs, computers, personal electronic devices), automotive fluids, pesticides, swimming pool chemicals, tires, etc. Read the full list here:
Ewaste can be dropped off at the Department of Public Works in Port Chester at:
82 Fox Island Road, Port Chester
M-F 7:30-11:30am and 12:30-3pm
Sat 7:30-11:30am (April 1 – Dec 1)
Ewaste and other Hazardous materials can also be dropped off by appointment at the County recycling facility in Vallhalla, which also accepts expired or unused medications:
15 Woods Road, Vallahalla
Schedule an appointment at www.westchestergov.com/hmrf or call (914) 813-5425
You do everything you can to keep your family and pets healthy, but what about your lawn? Could fertilizers and pesticides be harmful to you, your children and your pets? Come and learn about alternatives to traditional toxic lawn chemicals to make your lawn healthy and beautiful!
Hands-on gardening and composting workshop during which you’ll:
• Learn ways to grow nutritious food at home with the focus on 'healthy soil'.
• Explore composting methods that turn your food waste into 'black gold' for your plants.
• Lessons include worm composting, seed starting and gardening without chemical inputs.
• Suitable for all ages (there will be worms ;-)).